History of Art and Architecture


In addition to our internship program, students have numerous opportunities to connect with faculty, graduate students and current students to extend their learning and develop experience beyond the classroom. Many of the opportunities described below can be pursued for academic credit in the department as electives.

Teaching assistantships are offered every semester. Students partner with faculty to design classroom activities and trips to local sites, galleries and museums and provide mentoring support to students enrolled in our introductory classes.  They have also developed teaching resources for our classes, and engaged in research to develop new content. 

Research assistantships enable students to collaborate with faculty and graduate students on current projects. These connect students with the resources and exciting work undertaken in our Visual Media Workshop, the University Art Gallery, and the archives and special collections of the University Library System.  Research assistants have also joined projects led or supported by curators at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. 

Community engagement is a significant component of our undergraduate program. Recent projects have included students in partnerships with The Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset, Pennsylvania; the Pittsburgh Assistance Center for Educators and Students; Pittsburgh’s Science and Technology Academy; Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area; The Center for Urban Education in Pitt’s School of Education; Milliones University Preparatory School in the Hill District; and the Department of Education and Teenie Harris Archive at the Carnegie Museum of Art. 

HAAARCH!!! Every year, we feature the impressive work our undergraduate students do in an extensive showcase called HAAARCH!!!  Read about particular students who were featured in past HAAARCH!!! events and their projects here:

Independent Projects and Funded Research. We are able to provide up to $1500 in research funding each year to a select number of students who undertake significant individual projects through the generosity of The Friends of Frick Fine Arts. Students have travelled to interview contemporary artists, attended conferences, presented papers, and have visited archives and sites that are central to their projects. In addition, significant support for individual student research is provided by the following. Through departmental advising, we mentor students each year who are successful in applying to these programs:

  • The University Honors College provides funding and support for student research through their Brackenridge Fellowships which are offered in fall and spring semesters as well as an extensive summer program. They also offer Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Fellowships, Community-Based Research Fellowships for students partnering with local service organizations, and a program for Humanities and Social Science students to engage in research at an early stage, receiving mentoring from graduate students in their field. In addition to these opportunities, our students have also completed advanced Bachelor of Philosophy degrees through the Honors College. The Honors College provides these opportunities to all University of Pittsburgh students who maintain a strong academic record and a desire to extend their learning.
  • The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity provides students the opportunity to travel to New York City and London each year to engage in research projects that center on the rich resources and networks provided by these locations. In addition, they provide funding for student research in fall, spring and summer semesters. In partnership with the University Library System, they enable students to partner with Pitt Faculty, Librarians and Archivists to develop projects based on our rich collection of historical and cultural material. They publish Forbes & Fifth, a journal of undergraduate scholarhip and creative activity, and organize the extensive “First Experiences in Research” program for freshmen and sophomore students. 

Coming Soon: Profiles of students who have benefitted from these opportunities and descriptions of their projects!

Current students should routinely check the Courseweb Organization site we use for departmental advising for an up to date listing of available opportunities. See also the extensive "Opportunities" handout posted there.  New majors and minors should contact Corrin Trombley to gain access to this site.